The bureaucracy of the Virginia Department of Transportation swung into action after the death of a teenager on a stretch of road near my home (see blog item dated May 11, 2008). Earlier this month, the speed limit was reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph on a 2.3-mile segment of this road where the death occurred. The change was long overdue, because development is rapidly growing along this stretch, including a huge residential and commercial site that first opened about 2 years ago. There are also now 5 traffic lights on this segment, and the road has been widened from 4 to 6 lanes near the large development. It's too bad a teenager had to be killed before the speed limit was finally lowered.